Monday, January 23, 2012

H2H - Inspiration Photo

This week at H2H we're using a photo as inspiration - specifically, this photo:

I decided to use the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge to make a tag card.  I cut the card at 5.5".  I used Chocolate cardstock as the background and added a bit of Dreamin' paper that mimicked the leaves in the inspiration photo.  The baker's twine is new from CTMH and will be available in February!  I was very excited about that.

I embossed the card with clear embossing powder on the background and the sentiment - it's hard to photograph, but you can kind of tell in the next picture.  Both images came from one of the Art Philosophy stamp sets.

The base of the tag is decorated with Opaques and flourishes from the Limited Edition stamp set.  The last piece I added was the acrylic tag attached to the baker's twine.  I think it came from a Connections Club reward from awhile ago.  I added two coats of liquid glass on top and the snippet of paper underneath.  I loved all those clear shiny shapes in the inspiration photo and tried to add some of that shine to this card.

I love the clear embossing powder.  It adds such a nice texture and shine to stamping.  You have to see it in person to really get the full effect.  Are you inspired?  Please share your creations at Heart 2 Heart!  Don't forget, this is a CTMH challenge blog, so make sure you've used some CTMH products in your work!

Monday, January 09, 2012

My First H2H Design Team Post!!

This week at Heart 2 Heart it's time to use a stamp set you've never used before, or one you haven't touched in awhile.  This was the *perfect* challenge for me, since I am the proud new owner of the CTMH Exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (thank you, Santa!).  With the cartridge you get three awesome D-size stamp sets.  I was in need of an anniversary card, so I took this opportunity to play with my new toys.

The stamp set I haven't used before is D1497 - it comes with the cartridge, but I couldn't find a name for this set.  If someone knows it, leave me a comment and I'll update my post.  I used the star, banner, and heart stamps on Sorbet cardstock cut with my Cricut - sooooo fun!  

A piece of Elemental cardstock serves as the background, layered onto Desert Sand cardstock.  Colonial white waxy flax is threaded through the banners and buttons.

It's hard to tell from the photos, but the heart is attached with foam tape and the sentiment stripe sneaks underneath.  The sentiment is from the Say It In Style stamp set and stamped in Indian Corn Blue.  The little blue circle is one of the Elemental Complements Dimensional Elements that coordinates with the paper pack.  If you haven't picked up the Elemental Paper Packet yet, you really need to!  It's so versatile and can be used for a variety of occasions/layouts.

Thanks for reading!  I'm so excited and thrilled to be part of this Design Team.  The only thing more exciting is waiting to see what you come up with!  We'd love to have you participate in this challenge - just remember that you need to use Close To My Heart products in your artwork.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Fun News!

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I have been accepted as a Design Team member for my favorite challenge blog Heart 2 Heart!  I was thrilled to find out I made it onto the team - there have been so many talented Design Team members that I have been inspired by, and I'm honored and humbled to take a turn.

I'm also really excited because I haven't been doing much scrapbooking or card-making lately, so this will motivate me to jump right back in!

If any of you haven't bumped into me before on the 'net, I'd love to have you join me as a follower, and I hope to meet you joining in on the challenges at Heart 2 Heart.

Also, I'd like to give a shout-out to my upline, Mary of Mary Gunn FUNN, who also made it onto the Design Team.  Congrats, Mary!  I'm looking forward to trying to keep up with you :).


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